Raised Bed Garden in Winter
Today I spent most of my day in one of my vegetable gardens. My biggest raised bed vegetable garden to be exact. It’s a 16 x 8 foot raised bed that my partner Jack and I built about 9 years ago out of redwood boards, salvaged grape stakes and lots of chicken wire. It has actually been rebuilt since then, but that’s a story for another day.
Anyway, as you can see from the photo above, my garden was a mess! Mostly due to my own neglect, but also just because it is winter time. So I spent my day today pulling out the plants that remained from last season, which consisted of overgrown broccoli “trees” and some odd looking purple cabbages. I gathered whatever looked humanly edible into my harvest basket, brought it inside and let it soak in some cool water to remove any soil, dust or possible bugs. I plan to go into my kitchen and turn the broccoli and some of the cabbage into a veggie stir fry dinner as soon as I finish posting this blog entry.
The rest of the vegetation consisted of full blooming yellow broccoli flowers, some grungy looking broccoli and cabbage leaves and their overgrown and very fibrous hard stems and roots. The flowers and some of the leaves became snacks for my hens to munch on all afternoon, and the rest became contributions to my garden compost pile. I really enjoy that there is no waste. Everything gets used for a productive purpose.
So you see the “before” picture above with the broccoli trees, but I didn’t take an “after” shot because it would have been too boring. It looks like a raised bed filled with garden soil and some green weeds now. Not very exciting.
I’ll write more about building and using my raised bed gardens some other day. They work really well around here to grow veggies in and to keep the critters out.
Now, off to my kitchen to make that stir fry dinner…I am hungry after all of that work!
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